Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes that Spain coach Vicente del Bosque should make Manchester United star David de Gea his number one goalkeeper.
The former England international defender was speaking after watching the 23-year-old make his first competitive start for Spain on Sunday.
De Gea was given the nod ahead of legendary custodian Iker Casillas for La Furia Roja’s Euro 2016 Group C qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel.
The former Atletico Madrid star gave a good account of himself and made three saves, with Carragher claiming that it is now time for Del Bosque to make him a first-team regular.
‘Even if De Gea made a couple of mistakes, I think you have got to stay with him’, he told Sky Sports. ‘He is now the future. Casillas has had his time’.
De Gea is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, but he has made just three appearances for Spain so far in his career. In fact, had former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes not suffered a serious injury last season, then he would not have even gone to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in the summer.
Casillas is one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time and a true legend of the game, but at 33 he is on the decline and has made some truly high-profile mistakes in recent months. It is De Gea’s time now.